An agreement has been reached between the Icelandic Aircraft Mechanics Association (Flugvirkjafélag Íslands) and SA-Business Iceland (Samtök Atvinnulífs) around 4 am this morning, RÚV reports. The aircraft mechanics’ strike will be suspended for four weeks while the agreement is submitted to members for acceptance or refusal.
Gunnar Rúnar Jónsson, chairman of the aircraft mechanics’ negotiation committee, expressed contentment with the agreement. “Both parties had to concede some of their demands and ultimately met somewhere in the middle,” he told RÚV. If approved by the mechanics, Gunnar says the new agreement will be valid until the end of 2019. The mechanics originally wanted a one-year contract, but Icelandair insisted on a two-year agreement.
The agreement will now be voted on by the association’s members. “We write up the agreement and believe that it is a good agreement and worth offering our members. Then they have the final word,” added Gunnar.
Icelandair flights will continue to be delayed throughout the day, but should be back to normal by tomorrow, according to Icelandair Public Relations Officer Guðjón Arngrímsson.